kW: I was really inspired by some of my co-stars on Scandal start leading. The show was so historic in so many ways in terms of innovation and changing the face of television, but the only two cast members of the show who ever realized in the beginning were our two white male leads, Tony Goldwyn and Scott Foley. shonda [Rhimes] asked me at first – I guess she was watching dailies and overheard me talking to some of the actors – she said, “You know, I wish you would direct an episode.” But it took me a few seasons to have the courage to do it. I didn’t want the show to end without taking that step and making sure our actor-director legacy included a more diverse pool.
E! : Do you feel satisfied with your accomplishments for about six minutes and then move on?
kW: I think so. That’s partly because I was never drawn to this job for the accolades. And I don’t say that arrogantly, I think the accolades are amazing and I should probably celebrate them more than I do. But what brings me the most joy is the magic of the process, discovering a story, finding a way to make the story reveal itself. For me, I rather want to say “Look at us, we do it!” when I’m on set at 6 a.m. on a Monday morning and planning my shot as the sun comes up, trying to make sure we’re there at just the right time. For me, it’s “Wow, look where we are, it’s so exciting!”
(This interview has been edited for length and clarity.)
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